Two Obama secret service agents removed over misconduct

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two US Secret Service agents have been removed from President Barack Obama's security detail for alleged misconduct, The Washington Post reported late Wednesday.

The move came a year after the agency was involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia.

The Post said Mr Ignacio Zamora Jr., who it said was in charge of about two dozen agents in the president's security detail, was allegedly found last spring trying to re-enter a woman's room at a luxury hotel near the White House after leaving behind a bullet from his service weapon.

In a subsequent probe, the service found that Mr Zamora and another supervisor, Mr Timothy Barraclough, sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate.

The Post quoted what it said were people with knowledge of the case.

It said the secret service has removed Mr Zamora from his position.

Mr Barraclough was taken off the detail to a separate part of the division.

The hotel is the Hay-Adams. The Post said details about the hotel incident and related findings were provided by four people who have been briefed on the case.

The Post said the secret service declined to comment on an internal review of the hotel incident.

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